Ahhh... Saturday. I woke up early this morning and couldn't go back to sleep. I grabbed some ice coffee and headed out to the living room by myself. A rare occasion to watch TV alone and without cartoons involved. Well, I still watch cartoons, yes. But not PBS Kids cartoons. I knew there would be nothing to watch but infomercials on TV since we just have Digital Bunny Ears or whatever those things are called. I turned on our hand dandy Apple TV to watch preview trailers of upcoming films. That took about an hour and a half. It was heaven! Earl came and sat with me for awhile and then Meaty. It was so...calm. Here are a few of the movies I'm looking forward to:
1. The Box
Based on a short story by Richard Matheson. I want this one to be GOOODDDD! I love Matheson's story telling, I'm hoping this movie captures the creepiness of it. If you don't know who Richard Matheson is, most likely you'll know a piece of his work. He's most famous for I AM LEGEND, The Incredible Shrinking Man, and his wonderfully iconic Twilight Zone episodes, Nightmare at 20,000 feet ("There's....something... on the wing!"), Little Girl Lost, etc. Last year on our cruise vacation I read I AM LEGEND and was pleasantly surprised to see that the copy I had bought also contained short stories. I'm hoping for a good movie, but then again it has Cameron Diaz in it.
2. The Wolfman
It might be a remake but who cares? It looks gooooddd... since Benicio Del Toro is playing the main character there will be no special effect make-up when he turns into the cursed wolfman. Bwahahaha. I'm so funny.
Feb. 10, 2010
3. Adventures of Power
Would you like to see who Napoleon Dynamite grew up to be? I think we might have the chance in Adventures of Power. Starring Ari Gold as a grown man who dreams of becoming the best "air drummer" in the world. Michael McKean & Jane Lynch (staples from all things Christopher Guest) also star. That smarmy guy from Entourage is in there, too.
4. Fantastic Mr. Fox
Q: Would you like to see a Wes Anderson movie based on a Roald Dahl book?
A: Why, yes I would!
Q: Would you like to hear Meryl Streep be the voice of an animal?
A: Sign me up!
Q:Would you like to watch a stop motion animated feature with Bill Murray in it?
A: I'm already in line!
5. The Men who Stare at Goats
This movie had me at "Starring Ewan McGregor". Then I fell in love when I saw Jeff Bridges in a military uniform and long braid handing out daisies to fellow soldiers (The Dude does in fact, still abide). The movie is about a secret military unit that employs supernatural abilities to aide in capturing enemies. Oh, yeah, that one guy from ER is in it... uh, Clooney. Or something.
5. The Vampire's Assistant
This one has fallen victim to Twilight-addiction. It was going to be called Cirque du Freak. But because every 14 year old girl is dreaming of a glittering vampire these days they've changed the name to Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant. Whatevs. It still looks pretty tasty & fun. Sort of like a modern Something Wicked this Way Comes.
6. The Lovely Bones
Stop! Read this book first, please! I know this movie is going to rock our socks off because Peter Jackson is a skinny little genius. However, I really would encourage everyone to a read this book. Don't forget to also pick up Alice Sebold's true story of her rape and how she fought back, Lucky. Solid reads that never leave you. About the movie: it looks incredible. Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and in a special creeper role, Stanley Tucci.
6. Gentleman Broncos
TWO WORDS: JEMAINE CLEMENT.
7. Bright Star
Not usually a sucker for period pieces anymore... I warily watched this trailer and I say: "I will watch this with all of my heart". It's about John Keats and his love for Fanny Brawne. I want it to be as sweeping and wonderful as the trailer.
8. Big Fan
I'm not a big fan of Patton Oswald. He's a snarky guy who is one of those "I'm a comedian, but I'm really dark and dreary and have a terrible view of the world in real life" kinda guys. Soo... this movie looks perfect for him. It's about the world's biggest Giants fan, who lives with his mother, has a terrible job and calls into sports shows to defend his favorite team. When he finally approaches one of his idols, he gets a response that he doesn't expect. It looks dark and dreary. The posters are enough to make you feel like crying. Perfect for the voice of Remy from Ratatouille.
(It's already been released)
9. The Invention of Lying
How many of you out there are fans of the original "The Office" on BBC? A few? Okay good! I want Ricky Gervais to be a huge movie star. I really do. He's hysterical. He would also be the most awkward A-lister of all time.
Go to his website: http://www.rickygervais.com/
P.S. If you can, watch his show Extras. So many wonderful laughs.
I really want this movie to be quite something. Let's hope!
10. Walt and El Grupo
Whopee! A Disney movie for Disney/History geeks! In 1941 the American government asked Walt Disney to go on a goodwill trip to South America as part of the Good Neighbor Policy. Who is that I spy? Oh it's Mary Blair being awesome and sketching little Peruvian kids!
Let's not forget about this little movie:
Where the Wild Things Are
Josiah has been waiting for this movie for MONTHS. That's forever when you're only 2 1/2. Looks so indie-tastic. I can't wait to eat it up. :) (P.S. Read this book first, too.)
I think that's about it. I know there are lots more that I'm looking forward to, but these are the ones that I picked for today. Enjoy.